Mike Tomlin has been downright awful at challenges the past three seasons. This isn’t a little known fact among the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base. Desperately in need of help, Tomlin finally brought in some help. Newly hired assistant Teryl Austin will be helping Tomlin with this role, along with helping with the defensive secondary, moving forward.
Just look at some of these stats via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mike Tomlin has not had any of his past 10 challenges, dating to '16 AFC Championship game, overturned by replay. Since beginning of 2016 season, he's had just 2 of 14 challenges overturned. He is 8 of 17 since 2014. He's never had a 4th down challenge overturned (0 for 12).— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) June 12, 2019
New senior def asst/secondary coach Teryl Austin will assist with replay reviews in 2018. “What I want to do is give Mike a perspective on whether we should challenge or not challenge, try to streamline the process so we’re more efficient in that area,” Austin said.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) June 12, 2019
Austin will prep for his role by watching every replay challenge in '18.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) June 12, 2019
“I’ll find out why they were overturned or not overturned, so I can formulate a plan of, when I see something, I think this can possibly be overturned or OK, keep the flag in your pocket it won’t be.”
It seems as if the Steelers are taking a closer look into the replay challenges for the 2019 season, and rightfully so considering the fact pass interference calls will be suspect to review.
That wasn’t the only news coming from minicamp Wednesday, so let’s get into some of the other aspects of the team’s second of three mandatory minicamp practices.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster speaks
Smith-Schuster vowed to be a good due to the media during OTAs, and he lived up to that billing during his first media session of minicamp. He spoke about Antonio Brown, and a whole lot more...
.@TeamJuJu speaks about his role as a leader, being vocal, team chemistry and more. pic.twitter.com/r9hCCDVKvq— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 12, 2019
- Mike Tomlin Recap
Take a listen as Mike Tomlin talks about Artie Burns, Diontae Johnson and much more!
Coach Tomlin wraps up Day 2 of minicamp, speaks about the addition of Coach Austin, running the two-minute drill and more. pic.twitter.com/OZXePoh7Sy— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 12, 2019
- It’s a family affair
Devin Bush sat down with Steelers.com to talk about his transition from not just college to the NFL, but also rookie minicamp to mandatory minicamp. On top of that, he talks about how the entire team, including Ben Roethlisberger, have helped him get acclimated to his new gig.
.@_Dbush11 talks about his time in Pittsburgh, who he leans on, playing fast and more. pic.twitter.com/GPlwPluLU2— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 13, 2019
- Position Coaches Speak
As we stated in our Day 1 recap, mandatory minicamp is the time when you hear from assistant coaches you normally don’t hear from. Coach Olsavsky and Coach Bradley talk about the upcoming group of players.
Coach Olsavsky & Coach Bradley like what they see from the additions of Devin Bush, Mark Barron, Ulysees Gilbert and Coach Austin. pic.twitter.com/ySpJdBsFL9— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 12, 2019
- Locker Room Sound
Joe Haden talks about entering the final year of his contract, and the expectations for the upcoming season.
.@joehaden23 & @drm_12 see a lot of things to like on the field at minicamp. pic.twitter.com/S2K8qyl5gR— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 12, 2019
.@TunchandWolf discuss what they've seen from the wide receiver group this offseason. pic.twitter.com/LaU9KeeIYL— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 13, 2019
Moncrief, Washington, Johnson, And Smith-Schuster with the routes at minicamp. #dkps #Steelers pic.twitter.com/1ADzv6nkX5— Hunter Alek Homistek (@HunterAHomistek) June 12, 2019
See it.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 12, 2019
Got it.#GoodJuJu | @TeamJuJu pic.twitter.com/buTuBFMOib
⚠️ DANGER ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/lhsDUQrj3e— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 12, 2019